Recruiting: Donovan Roberts, Keon Hatcher still committed to Arkansas

Garrick McGee taking head coaching job at Alabama-Birmingham did not change their decision
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: December 14, 2011
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Both Norman's Donovan Roberts and Owasso's Keon Hatcher said Garrick McGee was a big reason they chose to commit to Arkansas.

The pair each call McGee more than just a football coach who recruited them. Both refer to McGee, a Tulsa native, as a family friend.

But both said that McGee's leaving his spot as Arkansas' offensive coordinator to take the head coaching job at Alabama-Birmingham wouldn't change their decisions to go to Fayetteville.

“Right off the bat, I felt it was really good for him,” Roberts said. “I was just really, really happy for him. No recruit wants to lose a great coach like he is, but it was the right move for him to make.”

McGee's departure was a bit more of a stumbling block for Hatcher, but he remains committed to Arkansas despite a recent offer from Oklahoma State.

“Me and my parents talked it over, and we still felt like Arkansas was where I should be,” Hatcher said.

McGee, who starred at Tulsa Washington and then at OU, has been a huge part of Arkansas' strong push into Oklahoma in recent years.

The Razorbacks have seven Oklahomans on their roster, including three that started — Broken Arrow's Alvin Bailey, Tulsa Washington's Eric Bennett and Muskogee's Robert Thomas.

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